How Do I Become a Foster Parent?

If you are considering becoming a foster parent, congratulations. You are certainly already aware that fostering and becoming a parent to a child is a considerable undertaking and a life change. It also leads to questions like how do I become a foster parent and what do you need to know about becoming one.

Fortunately, for anyone considering fostering a child, there is plenty of help. Here are the basics and what you will want to know to get started. Good luck, and congratulations again.

How Do I Become a Foster Parent?

To become a foster parent, you will have to meet the mandates and state requirements of your state of residence. Each step offers a specific process to become an approved foster parent. Some basic steps are relatively common for every state and anyone wanting to foster a child.

What Do I Need To Know About Becoming a Foster Parent?

Although every state has some variations in what is required and how they approve or certify people as foster parents, a few basic elements can be expected. Here is a look at what is typically required of any hopeful foster parent.

Background Checks

One of the first and most standard steps in the process of becoming a foster parent is to submit a background check. Most states also require that foster parent applicants obtain fingerprint clearance cards.

Fostering Age Limits

If you are wondering if there is a certain age you must reach before becoming a foster parent, the answer is yes: 21 years of age. For most of us who are parents, we have no problems understanding that age statute.

Living Conditions / Arrangements

In all foster care situations, the foster parent must provide ample and sufficient living arrangements. That also generally includes providing a bedroom for the child.

Income Considerations

Even with assistance, support, and family, raising a child isn’t cheap. That is also why each state will evaluate every individual’s financial situation to determine if they meet the financial criteria to become a foster parent. In layman’s terms, state fostering agencies simply want to know if you can afford to raise a child.

Welcome to HSC

Since 2000, Human Services Consultants has been training and licensing qualified families to assist in the healing of trauma experienced by children and adolescents. Compared to traditional foster care systems, we offer a more structured environment and incorporate therapy-based practices.

At HSC, we also aim to provide community-based services to children and families that promote and enable self-sufficiency and stability. We treasure the value of every child and their right to live in a healthy environment that offers the opportunity for a good life. Contact us to learn more about fostering or to schedule an appointment today.